Cities are shaped by multiple interests, which often act in pursuit of conflicting visions. City-regional partnerships and growth coalitions develop strategic frameworks to address complex challenges, whilst grassroots movements and citizen collectives explore alternative urban futures.
The theme tests whether and how co-production can work across urban divides between citizens/state, the informal/ formal and research/practice to help develop progressive and sustainable urbanisms.
– How do different boundary spaces and intermediation processes work to include marginalised voices in urban governance?
– Who is included/excluded and whose expertise matters in forging alternative urban futures?
– What innovations and experiments from research and practice inform alternative urbanisms?
– What can we learn from comparison between urban transition approaches emerging in the Global South and North?
UK cities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Putting people first: Why citizens are the lynchpin to achieving urban climate action
Realising Just Cities: The Mistra Urban Futures Centre: A four-year international research programme at the Urban Institute, undertaken with partners in Sweden, Kenya and South Africa (2016-2019). It is the current collaborative framework for the Mistra Urban Futures centre, headquartered in Gothenburg at Chalmers/Gothenburg Universities, which aims to support sustainable urbanisation processes which are accessible, green and fair.
Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation: An ESRC Urban Transformations project setting up an Action Research Cooperative to co-design more inclusive governance processes in Greater Manchester (2016-2019). Led by University of Sheffield, with Universities of Manchester and Birmingham, the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisations and Mistra Urban Futures.
Knowledge Matters explores the functioning of citizen knowledge in urban decision-making and strategy development, to understand how city officials can best respond to pressing challenges (2016-2019). Funded by the ESRC through the Open Research Area initiative, in partnership with Sheffield Methods Institute and University of Twente, Netherlands.
Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals (CHIME): The project explores the uses and re-uses of different types of heritage and examines how changing relationships between music, festivals and cultural heritage sites renegotiate established understandings and uses of heritage (2016-2017). Funded by JPI Heritage Plus, with partners in Birmingham City University, University of East Anglia, University of Amsterdam and University of Gothenburg.